Friday, October 17, 2008

Eureka Stockade Hotel, Ballarat

Eureka Stockade Hotel, BallaratYou may not be surprised to know that the Eureka Stockade Hotel in Ballarat East is close to the site of the Eureka Stockade but not that close. It is however a great little deco pub.

This picture was probably taken in December 2004 when I was in Ballarat to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the miner's uprising and the taking of the stockade just before dawn on December 3rd by heavily armed troopers and police.

The pub looked a bit run-down then with the paint peeling from the Foster's Lager signage around the verandah but the deco parapet partially hiding the standard hip roof is pretty good.

Eureka Stockade Hotel, BallaratIt has been painted since then and I think it looks a bit naked now. I guess Carlton & United Breweries didn't contribute towards the new paint job. Maybe it hadn't been finished because it is unusual not to have the name of the hotel prominently displayed.

Maybe it is the beer-drinker in me but I do prefer the Foster's version.

Eureka Stockade Hotel, Ballarat

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